“Jesus Manifesto” by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola

“Christians have made the gospel about so many things – things other than Christ. But Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives it meaning. Without Him, all things lose their value. They are but detached pieces floating around in space. That includes your life.” xv


Oh how I wish I could write such motivational and pulling words as those! This blog has taught me how to improve my writing, through experience, but I’m still so far off. Even now, as I write a book review for “Jesus Manifesto,” there’s so much that I wish I could pen, but know not how.


This book is crucial to where we are at – a crossroads in the faith. I’m firmly convinced that we need to make a move – all of Christianity is at stake. Sweet and Viola examine this utter reality and present what the main issue is: a lack of divinity of Christ. We get so focused on salvation, the Holy Spirit, etc., that now the “forgotten G-d” of our age is Jesus Christ, the Son. How embarrassing is that? As Sweet and Viola point out, we’ve gotten too caught up in “spiritual truth, value,virtue, or gift, yet miss Christ, who is Himself the embodiment and incarnation of all of these things.” xv

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